Grow Kiwi plants in a sheltered, sunny position in any fertile, well drained soil. Prior to planting, incorporate plenty of well rotted manure or garden compost into the planting hole. Plant Kiwi, firm in and water well. Provide the twining stems with an appropriate support such as trellis or wires attached to fences and pergolas.
Feed and water regularly until fully established and train stems onto their supports. In autumn apply a mulch of well rotted manure or compost to the base of the plant. Prune Kiwi fruit plants in winter. In the first two years, prune plants to create an espalier framework of one permanent leading stem and numerous horizontal stems. Cut back the leading shoot to maintain it within the allotted space. Fruit is formed on the previous years wood, and also on fruit spurs created by cutting back side shoots on horizontal stems to 3 or 4 buds. Overcrowded side shoots can be thinned out to allow light and air around the developing fruit. Plants may take 3 years before producing a full crop of delicious Kiwi fruit.
We will do our best to ship your plants or bulbs to you at the ideal time for planting as stated against each product. We recommend that you prepare your soil, planting beds or patio containers ahead of time so you are ready to plant out, or pot on, just as soon as your order arrives. You will find the name of the variety printed on the top line of the address label on your package. Please ensure that you open the packaging immediately and carefully read through the instruction leaflet provided. For greatest success, please pot on or plant out as soon as possible, following the cultural instructions enclosed with your order.
By JAVED KHAN 09-06-2010
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